Monthly Archives: April 2011

imitating grace

  Ephesians 4:17-32.  We are no longer the old selves. The old selves were alienated from God, corrupt on the inside and callous, carnal, and covetous on the outside. We must put off those old selves and put on the … Continue reading

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grace given to each one of us

Ephesians 4:1-16.  Jesus made all believers one. We have the unity of the Spirit, and are called to one destiny. Walking in a manner worthy of that calling requires: Keeping the peace by bearing with one another: accepting our differences … Continue reading

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the stewardship of God’s grace

Ephesians 3.  Preaching to the Gentile Ephesians the gospel of God’s grace was a great privilege for Paul. He gladly accepted the dishonor of being imprisoned and mistreated for that cause. He considered the work a gift of God’s grace … Continue reading

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but God’s grace

Ephesians 2.  We were lost, but God’s grace has saved us! We were dead in trespasses and sins, but God’s grace has made us alive together with Christ (1-5). We were incapable of bringing glory to God, but God’s grace … Continue reading

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to the praise of his glorious grace

Ephesians 1.  The hope of a slave, living in Ephesus in the first century was that he might somehow win his redemption and become part of the great and powerful society in which he was a mere servant. A significant … Continue reading

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boasting in the cross

Galatians 6.  Paul was motivated by what Christ did for the Galatians on the cross. He said “far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified … Continue reading

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resurrection or restoration?

Isaiah 26-27.  Is Isaiah promising resurrection here, or merely the restoration of Israel?  He uses language of physical resurrection: “Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew … Continue reading

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not silent

Psalm 115.  God is there, and he is not silent, even though Israel’s enemies see him as non-existent because he is not represented by an idol.  By making some noise — blessing and praising the LORD we can show that … Continue reading

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being led by the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26.  Paul tells the Galatians to walk by the Spirit. That means letting the Holy Spirit be the controlling power in their motivations, and the deciding influence in their actions. That is being led by the Spirit (18), which … Continue reading

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the gospel for the free

Galatians 5:  1-15.  What does standing in freedom look like? Paul had told the Corinthians “faith, hope, and love abide” (1 Corinthians 13:13). To abide is to remain, to stand firm. A person who is trusting in God and not … Continue reading

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